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Did Donald Trump Really Encourage Russian Hacking?

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Ed O'Keefe, Jose A. DelReal and John Wagner have this article in the WaPo, with a lead paragraph that is typical of what is all over the net:

Democrats prepared to use their convention Wednesday night to raise fresh doubts about Donald Trump's fitness to serve as commander in chief, as the Republican presidential candidate called on Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's email server to find "missing" messages and release them to the public.
But did he really say that?  His actual statement is in the next two paragraphs:

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," Trump said during a news conference at his South Florida resort on Wednesday.

"They probably have them. I'd like to have them released. It gives me no pause, if they have them, they have them," Trump added later when asked if his comments were inappropriate. "If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean, to be honest with you, I'd love to see them."
As I read that, he is expressing a belief that they already have the emails, having hacked Mrs. Clinton's home-brewed server a long time ago, and he is saying he hopes they release them.  That is a very different thing.

How could he possibly call on Russia to hack into a server that was taken off line and wiped a long time ago?  That doesn't make any sense.

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Notice also that the problem is not that Hillary and/or her minions erased the emails, nor that she put them on a private server, nor that she compromised their secrecy, nor that she indignantly lied about all this.

Nope, the problem is not that the emails were wiped. The problem is that they might be found.

The WaPo is capable of excellent journalism, as in, for example, its expose' of DC's flagrantly lax and give-a-hoot system for keeping track of criminals released into "community supervision." It is also capable of this kind of stuff.

Another example of why yoi can't trust the press to accurately report events. And must do your own research, I.e., read the transcripts.

Thanks for clarifying.

This an example of the terminal silliness of the MSM. First of all, the Donald's tongue was firmly in cheek. Second of all, see Kent's post.

Apparently, the art of sarcasm is lost on morons like Ed O'Keefe et al. who are willing to clown themselves in support of the cause.

I'm not sure how tongue-in-cheek it is. The belief that the Russian intelligence service has all of the emails, including the wiped ones that our government does not have, seems quite realistic to me.

One of the problems I have in deciphering the Left is that it's increasingly difficult to tell when their proposals are straightforward and when they're a Marx-aping parody. Similarly, one of the problems I have with Trump is that I cannot tell when he's being sarcastic and when not, because his tone tends to be smarmy one way or the other.

This seems to be the bottom line: The ownership of the Democratic Convention by BLM and Amerika Stinks/grievance-driven thinking is making what should be an agonizing choice merely annoying.

It seem to me, from listening to the presser, that he was being sarcastic.

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